Steve Broyles wrote:
1. Pan button. I've thought of this. If you use Google Earth you
see that it's
nice to scroll around by just grabbing the screen. But I'm
concerned that it might be
frustrating to not be able to select parcels and pan at the same
time. Either/or is
tough. You want to pan, then select, then pan again. We could
change the cursor
so that it is automatically a pan cursor if you're not over a
parcel, and the arrow
cursor if you are. But in the projects I work with I'm almost
always over a parcel,
so panning wouldn't be available without me hunting for a free spot
on the screen.
I believe that Google Earth and other programs that have a panning
have a selection issue too.
I initially thought Greg had a good idea and still do
generally. Could the pan work IF all parcels were locked? This
would mean that either the user did the locking of all parcels before
any panning (either no work or that it was the user's responsibility)
or a global lock was applied somehow. The global lock would de
time-consuming and a lot of behind the scenes program work to make
sure all parcels were locked with particular attention being paid to
which parcels were un-locked and which the user had locked.
As Mike noted, having a better way to select a different parcel in
the Plot View might be preferred first. Sometimes trying to select
another parcel requires going to the Table View and selecting the
parcel there. Usually this is when many parcels are in the same close
area. But there have been times when a parcel is off by itself and
just won't select in the Plot View.
2. Editing by using the Append Deed box. We thought about this a
when we created Append Deed.
Decided that there are things like comments and some less used MBL words
and the new Notes field that don't fit well into the idea of the
Append Deed box.
At some point the box becomes too big and you end up with the Text View!
I'm a bit surprised that the Text View is not viewed as an
attractive way to edit
compared to Append Deed. So I'd like to hear more about this.
I like the Append Deed Box method initially although, in most cases,
I tend to use the Text View to finalize the parcel. There have been
a couple of editing times when I initially wished for the Deed Box to
be re-displayed. But usually the Text View is faster.
3. Rubberband zoom is probably doable. Would others value this
Yes. That would be very nice to have. I have used it in other
programs and like it generally a lot. It does have a minor drawback
in that there have been times when I got a zoom that I did not want
-- usually to the extreme zoom which was not easy to recover from
(and usually when I am in a hurry <g>).
4. The User ID is interesting. There's actually a little known
word Src that
you can use to define the source of deed info, but it can only occur
in an Include item, not
in each deed. Is your idea for something that's in each deed? As
opposed to, say,
comments in the first deed in a file?
I would assume that Greg is one of a group that works on a project
and wants to be able to identify the parcels that each contributor
enters/edits. I have talked with another user about such a project
and we discussed this kind of identification. We have not gone much
farther than the general discussion, but I had in mind to create a
User-Defined Tag -- maybe something like "Usr". Current, this only
displays in the Text and Table Views which is the main need, But I
could see the desire to have it display in the Plot View --
concurrently with probably the Item #.
6. The ability to draw lines to fit a parcel to a creek is one that
has come up before.
We haven't figured out all of the details of making this easy to
use, i.e., how it
operates, but I think this one is a good one for the future. Are
there others who'd
I have wished for this on occasion. But usually those occasions are
when I can fake a meander (e.g., when the meander only takes a few
changes and often large zig-zags). While it would be very nice to
have, I tend to put a somewhat low priority to it.
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